Handles (persistent identifiers)
The Library is initiating a Handle service for its holdings in the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA).
Handles are persistent identifiers that can be used in a similar way to a URL in order to retrieve resources via the web. Handles aim to help address the problem of ‘link rot’, where URLs no longer resolve to their intended resource.
The NDHA assigns unique Handles to all its preserved content. Over the next year, we will be implementing a resolver service to allow users to access the content via their Handles. This will provide a more reliable link for the citation purposes.